Torn Cartilage in Knee? Has it happened to you?
When you see knee anatomy you will understand that knee joint is the largest joint in human body and also is the most complex joint in human body due to its bone, muscles,ligaments and cartilage structure.
It is one of the mostly used joint of the human body and when you use it too much your knee joint is prone to knee injuries including torn cartilage in knee.
Torn knee cartilage or meniscus tears(medical term) is a commonest injury in contact sports to athletes and you will be hearing quite often about it in news and headlines as some of the athletes are ruled out of the game for few games due to torn knee cartilage.
Have you heard about it? Do you follow contact sports? If yes you must have heard this.
But the scary thing is not only athletes but any individual can have torn knee cartilage irrespective of their age or gender.
Meniscus,commonly known as cartilage is located in the knee joint cavity above tibia bone flat surface known as tibial plateau.
They are 2 wedge shaped cartilage pieces which are tough and rubbery in texture.They primarily act as shock absorbers which prevent harmful shock forces which comes from running or jogging.
They also make the knee joint stable by deepening femoral condyle articulation surface.
Every action has its equal reaction and that is what happen when you walk or jog , the repulsive force from ground come back in the form of shock when you walk and if its not meniscus it would impact the articular surface of the joint.
That is why its most important in normal functioning of knee anatomy.
Torn cartilage in knee can happen to athletes.
But if it is happening to 50 or more year older people it is mainly due to wear and tear of the knee cartilage thus causing torn cartilage in knee.
Cartilage becomes weak and more prone to tear as it grows older.
Have you ever felt an awkward twist in your knees while walking or getting up from chair. Torn knee cartilage can happen at this time too.
A thorough physical evaluation of your knee has to be performed by your knee doctor to understand the knee problem and potential mechanism behind torn cartilage in knee.
Treatment you receive vary from doctor to doctor as well as depending on type,area,size and severity of lesion.
Factors affecting treatment options:
Type of lesion
any related injuries
Let us say your doctor finds out that you have torn knee cartilage in outer 1/3 of cartilage then doctor would go for non surgical treatment as there is good blood supply to cartilage in that area.
As long as your knee injuries symptoms are not so severe non surgical treatment is advised.
Knee Pain Medication
Arthritis Knee Brace
If you do not feel any better with knee injuries symptoms by conservative nonsurgical treatment then doctor would ask you for arthroscopy knee surgery.
Arthroscopic Knee surgery recovery varies from patient to patient.
Proper rehabilitation has to be done to get the best out of this surgery.
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